Regeneration of Mote Park

Bridge installation at Mote Park from Gallagher Group Ltd.

Gallagher was the main contractor for the Mote Park Regeneration Project.

Mote Park in Maidstone is one of the largest public parks in the South East of England, with the scale and character of a country park. It has been awarded funding for a regeneration project by The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) under their Parks for People scheme.

Gallagher was Principal Contractor for the regeneration project which involved improvements to the whole park, including:

  • the provision and placing of a variety of natural Kentish Ragstone features, quarried locally and supplied by Gallagher Aggregates Ltd’s local quarry facility in Hermitage Lane
  • formalising inner and outer path circuits
  • removing some non parkland trees and scrub to restore the parkland and planting 100 new parkland trees
  • upgrading the main car park including marked bays, shrub and tree planting
  • improving the Boat House Area, including installing a hard surface promenade area comprising of new seating, tree planting, and sculptural play elements, and relocation of the model boat platform
  • refurbishing the existing refreshment kiosk
  • restoring the 1840s waterfall
  • restoring the neoclassical Volunteers Pavilion dating from the 1800s
  • replacing the existing ramp and small bridge arrangement across the lake with a 20m span timber and steel bridge
  • the creation of two additional hubs. An area accessed from Willington Street will include car parking and a natural play area aimed at teens. The second hub at the School Lane Area includes reorganised parking and a separate pedestrian access into the park. The existing play area was replaced in a new location.

In addition to the work detailed above, Gallagher took building waste away from Mote Park to its Hermitage Quarry, processed it in its recycling plant into quality recycled aggregates and returned it straight away to be reused in the Mote Park regeneration project.

In 2013 Mote Park was awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award, which is a national benchmark of excellence, recognising and rewarding the best green spaces in the country. The Green Flag is recognition of the partnership between the Friends of Mote Park, the Mote Park Volunteers and Maidstone Borough Council to improve the park and encourage its use.